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Rohingya crisis: Malala calls for Aung San Suu Kyi to act over Myanmar

Pakistan’s Nobel Laureate and female education activist Malala Yousufzai has also come out in support of the Rohingya Muslim community saying her “heart breaks” at their suffering.

Nearly 90,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh since violence erupted in Myanmar in August, in the biggest political challenge facing the country’s leader Suu Kyi, who stands accused by Western critics of not speaking out for the minority that has long complained of persecution.

“Over the last several years, I have repeatedly condemned this tragic and shameful treatment,” Malala said in a statement on Twitter. “I am still waiting for my fellow Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi to do the same.

In a statement shared on her Twitter account, the Nobel peace prize winner told her fellow laureate that the “The world is waiting and the Rohingya Muslims are waiting.”



Around 400 Rohingya are thought to have died in the latest killing spree, which erupted over a week ago, with graphic reports emerging of young children being beheaded and others being burned alive.

Ms Suu Kyi has faced growing criticism internationally for failing to stop the attacks upon the Rohingya.

Activists from Indonesia, home to the world’s biggest Muslim population, on Saturday called on the Nobel committee to withdraw Suu Kyi’s peace prize during protests outside the Myanmar embassy in Jakarta, state news agency Antara reported.

On September 3, Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs also expressed its concerns over reports of the increasing number of deaths and forced displacement of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar and urged its government to take action to ensure their safety.